Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Ryan McMahon
- The Mets (F5 moneyline -110) led the Rockies 8-6 heading into the bottom of the fifth inning.
- After reliever Robert Gsellman retired the first two batters, everything fell apart for Mets first five innings bettors.
Well, it was an up and down and up and, eventually, down night for Mets first five inning (-110) bettors Wednesday evening at Coors Field.
After taking a 4-1 lead in the top of the second inning, the Metropolitans found themselves trailing the Rockies 6-4 heading to the fifth. They really should have held a 4-3 lead, but the Rockies scored three unearned runs in the second inning. As a result, anyone holding a F5 Mets moneyline ticket needed one last offensive push.
And the Mets obliged. They sent 10 men to the plate, chasing Rox starter Chad Bettis to get to Colorado’s struggling bullpen. Wednesday’s victim was Chris Rusin, who came in with the bases loaded and allowed all three inherited runners to score.
After plating four runs, the Mets left the bases loaded, but ended the top half of the fifth with an 8-6 lead. (That marked the ninth straight home game that a Rockies opponent has scored at least eight runs, which hasn’t happened since 1894.)
A cautiously collective sigh from those first five bettors, as the Rockies still had a chance to bat in the bottom half of the fifth.
The Mets called on Robert “Big Bob” Gsellman, which had to please Mets F5 backers. Gsellman’s been the most reliable reliever in the Mets pen, which isn’t really saying much. But, if you want someone out of the Mets pen to come in and shut the door for an inning, you’d choose Bob.
Gsellman got the first two outs with ease, inducing fly balls from Trevor Story and Gerardo Parra. One out away from #greendotcity.
However, the third out wouldn’t come as easily. After Ian Desmond walked on a 3-2 count, Tom Murphy singled to put two men on with two outs.
With the pitcher’s spot due up, the Rockies called upon Ryan McMahon to pinch-hit in a big spot.
Again, if you backed the Mets, all things considered, you like this matchup. Ryan McMahon? The dude’s barely scraping above the Mendoza line — and came in just 1-for-18 as a pinch-hitter. He also had only one home run in 105 plate appearances this season.
But those numbers would change. Yep, Ryan McMahon delivered Wednesday’s moose for Mets F5 bettors — with a two-out, three-run blast to give the Rockies a 9-8 lead in the bottom of the fifth. Three unearned runs in the second and three more runs after having two outs and nobody on in the fifth.
An absolute gut-punch if you backed the Mets. It’s one thing to lose a bet on the Mets for the full game, as you almost expect bullpen shenanigans. But, first five? Usually the Mets’ bullpen doesn’t implode until it gets to Hansel Robles or Jeurys Familia.
I’d say it comes with the territory, betting games at Coors Field. But, in reality, it really comes with the territory, betting on the Mets.
The Rockies eventually held on for a 10-8 win.